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(formerly The Intelligent Machines Journal)
First issue 11 December 1978; 36 years ago (1978-12-11)
Final issue 2 April 2007 (2007-04-02) (in print – online editions are still published)
Company IDG
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 0199-6649

InfoWorld is an information technology online media business operating under the umbrella of IDG Enterprise, a division of IDG (International Data Group). The InfoWorld website focuses on how-to, analysis, hands-on reviews, and thought leadership from a mix of experienced technology journalists and working technology practitioners. The audience is a mix of IT professionals and tech-savvy business professionals. InfoWorld publishes original content every day, in a mixture of formats: features, columns, reviews, news stories, and slideshows. Most content is available without a sign-in requirement, but the website also publishes a series of sign-in-required Deep Dive reports in PDF format and Insider Web-based articles that explore technologies and issues in depth.[1]

InfoWorld is based in San Francisco, with contributors and some staff based across the United States. It also publishes some content originated by the worldwide IDG News Service and by other IDG publications, particularly for news coverage.


The magazine was founded in 1978 as Intelligent Machines Journal by Jim Warren and sold to IDG in late 1979. Early the next year the name was changed to InfoWorld and in 1986 the Robert X. Cringely column began; for many, that pseudonymous column was the face of InfoWorld and its close ties to Silicon Valley in particular and the technology industry in general. As InfoWorld's moved away from a strong news focus after ending its print edition in 2007, the Cringely column took on a more advocacy role, as well as maintaining its historic humorous approach.[2][3][4]

Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe was CEO and publisher from 1991 to 1996, and contributed a weekly column until 2000.[5][6] As the magazine transitioned to be exclusively Web-based, a final print edition was dated April 2, 2007 (Volume 29, Issue 14).[7] In its Web incarnation, InfoWorld has refocused away from widely available news stories to a focus on how-to, expert testing, and thought leadership. InfoWorld also offers its content for mobile devices.


  1. ^ InfoWorld. Google Books. November 7, 2005. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ InfoWorld, April 2, 2007, p.17
  3. ^ Computer Science Resources: A Guide to Professional Literature. Google Books. April 18, 2006. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer. Google Books. 2000. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ InfoWorld. Google Books. August 23, 1993. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ InfoWorld. Google Books. December 13, 1993. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ InfoWorld. Google Books. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 

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